Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Posted by Phebe at 11:31 PM
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Looking at the average nightly rating of a program can sometimes leave you scratching your head. Last week was an unusual week with special programming running on most of the news networks over the holiday. HLN had another very good week in the Adults 25 – 54 demographic. They won the average for the week in the 8PM hour having won Monday, Tuesday, and Friday’s 8PM timeslot. They also won the timeslot those same days during the 10PM hour, but fell to second in the average rating. FOX who didn’t win single day in the 10PM timeslot averaged higher than HLN overall (counting three nights for FOX and five nights for HLN). FOX won the week in the 9PM hour and came in third during the 8PM hour. Their only first place finishes for the week were in the 9PM hour on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday.
MSNBC ran special programming on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights. Their regular programming two day average put them in second at 8PM & 9PM and fourth during the 10PM hour.
CNN found themselves in fourth during the 8PM timeslot and third during both the 9PM and 10PM timeslots (using three day averages for 8PM and 10PM and a five day average for 9PM). During Wednesday and Thursday’s mostly special programming CNN had the highest demographic rating during all three prime time slots both nights.
1 3 day average. FOX & CNN special programming on Wednesday & Thursday excluded.
2 2 day average. MSNBC special programming on Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday excluded.
^ Courtesy Nielsen Media Research; Demographics where noted; Live + Same Day (LS) Fast Track Nationals.
Monday, December 29, 2008
December 29, 2008Airborne, but still grounded in Mideast politicsPosted: 1029 GMTJERUSALEM — Think things through: Gaza is burning, and I’m in Beirut.There’s nothing better than being frantically under control. Nothing better than looking at the phone as it rings and reading, “CNN Mothership.” 99 times out of 100 it’s a conversation about that day’s piece, or future pieces — in this case, it’s my favorite call. Either Earl or Bruce is calling to say, “Get moving now Perry.”Besides wanting to jump out of your skin and directly into the story — you have to stop and think. Remember your training from all those years past, of security advisers with various accents telling you “plan, plan, plan.”Fine.I suppose you can take a reporter out of Iraq, but you’ll never get the Iraq out of the reporter.So, first, where are you headed? In this case, we’ll need things like a flak jacket, bandages, tourniquet, bug spray and warm clothing. Then the equipment. Cameras, computer - basically all the various cool toys that enable us to get pictures and information out to the world. The apartment quickly starts to look like a tornado aftermath zone.Then there’s the passport question. Any stamp from Israel in your passport will immediately prevent you from going to countries like Syria and Iraq. No good if you’re covering the region for an international news organization. So, you better have two, or convince the Israeli authorities to give you an entry stamp on a separate piece of paper (something they are quite good about and willing to do).If you have two passports: you best hand the right one to the right authorities at the borders. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself in a very long conversation with very strange questions. Lots of fun in that scenario - trust me.The distance from Beirut to Jerusalem is a simple 145 miles. Beirut is directly to the north, but is separated by a border that is locked down as tight as any border in the world. Hezbollah controls the southern part of Lebanon — and Israel has armed forces right up against its northern border: the two view each other as constant, and considerable threats.They should - after a summer war in 2006 that changed the region forever. At the very least, Lebanon was changed — and is still changing today.So getting from Beirut to Jerusalem is the equivalent of a crash course in Middle Eastern politics. It’s a lot like the TV show, “The Amazing Race” … only with lots of guns and periods of incredible boredom.There are two travel options: neither of them appealing. First, you can drive, across Lebanon, through Syria into Jordan … and then across the bridge into Israel. It’s one giant desert. By desert, I mean: there is NOTHING out there. If you’re lucky — that may only take you 15 to 16 hours depending on how long you sit at border crossings, explaining to various intelligence officers where you’re going and why in the world you would want to go there. But 24 hours ago that option closed down — the border between Jordan and Israel was shut.In some ways it’s a relief because I’ve done that drive 3 times in the past 2 years — and it’s about as much fun as a trip to the dentist. So, with the border shut: it’s option number 2.Fly. Of course, there are no direct flights from Beirut to Jerusalem - so, you fly to Amman, Jordan. From Amman you sit and wait for the flight to Tel Aviv — it’s about a 7-hour layover.As painful as it is: you get a feel for where things are, what the situation is — and how the pieces of the puzzle fall into place. It’s because between the flights, the airports and the border crossings … are cab drivers. They fill in the gaps despite the massive amounts of information coming across your Blackberry — which is great, because the minute you hit the ground, you’re off and staring into a camera.As a story is still breaking, you can often learn more about the situation in the region from them. More important than that, you get far greater information: a genuine “feel” of the situation. In Lebanon I heard that everything was Israel’s fault. They started it, the driver said — and things are going to spin totally out of control. In Jordan I heard that it was Egypt’s fault. They’re the ones that silently gave the nod to Israel to start its campaign in Gaza.In Israel, in the past 24 hours I’ve heard two versions: one, everything is fine - this is something “we (Israelis) need to take care of,” Hamas is to blame. And the old Middle East adage … it’s mostly “everyone’s fault.”So, from Beirut to Jerusalem I can safely say that the region is like a pot of pasta simmering on your stove: you watch it simmer and as the water and foam rises, you can turn down the heat. But have you done it in time?Or is it going to boil over anyway — and make a complete mess of your kitchen?Posted by: Cal Perry, CNN Correspondent
Sunday, December 28, 2008
In my Christmas stocking this year, I received a copy of Ali Velshi's new book Gimme My Money Back. I haven't decided if this is my family's way of indulging my CNN habit or hinting that I need financial help.
Last weekend, you could get a preview of what is in the book by watching the one hour program called Gimme My Money Back hosted by Ali Velshi. Here are a few highlights from that program:
Ali talks about the book and specifically about an excerpt from Chapter 7 in this clip:
You can view the excerpt from the book here (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).
After having read the book, here are a few of my thoughts:
- It is a 156 page paper back, which means that it’s a fairly quick read. (It took me one afternoon.)
- Unlike some of the other financial books that I've attempted to read- this one is interesting and informative. A good chunk of the book is spent explaining how the economy got into the mess that its currently in and building a foundation of knowledge about the market (stocks, bonds, ETFs, etc).
- Chapter 7 really is the “what’s in it for me?” chapter. The first six chapters provide you with the knowledge to use what you learn in this chapter.
- For me, the book answered a number of questions: Why diversify your portfolio? How do you use the information provided by mutual funds? What’s the difference between different types of funds?
The program Gimme My Money Back is scheduled to re-air on December 30st, 31st, and January 3rd & 4th. And in January, 2009, AliVelshi.com is scheduled to come online.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer: Best of 2008 will examine a remarkable year in news and look ahead at what is in store for 2009. CNN lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer will be joined by members of the “Best Political Team on Television” to look back at newsmaker interviews during the year of a historic election and a global economic crisis. Interviews with key political and business leaders including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Sen. Hillary Clinton, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Sen. John McCain, President-elect Barack Obama, Gov. Sarah Palin and CNN founder Ted Turner. Airing Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (ET), Blitzer and the panel will look ahead at the incoming Obama administration and discuss the future of the GOP. [This will also be Wolf's final Late Edition.]Howard Kurtz hosts Reliable Sources: A Year in Review to examine coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign and changes in the news business. Kurtz will be joined by Amy Holmes, CNN political contributor; Bill Press, radio talk show host; Terence Smith, former PBS media correspondent; and Jessica Yellin, CNN national political correspondent. The one-hour program will air in its usual time slot, Sunday at 10 a.m. (ET).
Friday, December 26, 2008
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care… but we forgot to check them to see what was there! Yes, there are a few clips left in our stocking… First, on Reliable Sources, Howard Kurtz interviewed Whoopi Goldberg last Sunday.
First, it was an anchor without a tie, now it’s a journalist without pants! Ed Henry was in Hawaii this past week reporting on the President-Elect's vacation. Yes, Ed has no pants. This first clip is from Monday's Campbell Brown No Bias No Bull:
Later on in the week, Ed decided to get even with the anchors- this clip is from American Morning:
The Washington Post even took notice of the wardrobe change.
It's prime time and CNN's Ed Henry is standing on the white sand of Waikiki Beach, reporting live on President-elect Barack Obama's holiday vacation in Hawaii. With the volcanic mountain Diamond Head in the distance, Henry is flanked by palm trees, bikini-clad babes and surfer dudes.
"Ed, are those your producers over your right shoulder, like sunning themselves and deciding what books to read?" anchor Anderson Cooper asks.
"No, my producers are working very hard," Henry replies.
"Okay, yeah, I think you're in board shorts and have a mai tai nearby," Cooper says, prodding the cameraman to zoom out.
And voilà! Below his blue dress shirt, Henry's sporting teal swim trunks with orange stripes.
"I kept my shirt on because I don't have the pecs of either Anderson Cooper or Barack Obama," Henry, the network's self-deprecating senior White House correspondent, said later in an interview.
"No offense to the people of Crawford, Texas, but taking the presidential retreat from Crawford to Honolulu is change anyone can believe in," Henry says, borrowing a phrase from Obama's campaign.
Henry says that when he calls his colleagues in Atlanta, New York or Washington, "they start cursing at me. I called one of our producers and I said, 'Aloha!,' and she said, 'Bleep you! Don't 'aloha' me.' " On Tuesday, when Obama's staff released a report about contact his aides had with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, television correspondents were reporting around the clock. Henry said he did 20 live shots that day for CNN and its sister networks. On such days, the seriousness of the news regarding the president-elect contrasts with the seaside location where reporters stand. And that raises the question of attire.
And what's the holidays without a Yule Log... CNN had some fun with one Christmas Day on American Morning.
Did you catch Joe Johns dancing as they went to commercial?
One last item in tonight's stocking... this is one of my favorite Christmas sights: 34th Street in Baltimore:
Thursday, December 25, 2008
So there is not alot of news on Christmas Day which works well for me since it is a travelling day for me. So I capped a few pics from CNN this morning. The regular anchors had the day off and Joe Johns, Carol Costello, Alina Cho and Richard Lui filled in. Unfortunately the blogger gods were being naughty today so I have no clips.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Posted by Phebe at 11:34 PM
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Last week was HLN's (formerly Headline News) week in the ratings. In the Adults 25 - 54 demographic, HLN takes the 8PM and 10PM timeslots. They had the highest demo rating all five nights at 8PM and the highest demo ratings two times (Monday & Wednesday) during the 10PM timeslot. During the 9PM hour, they dropped to fourth.
CNN did not fair as well, with fourth place all week during the 8PM hour, mostly third place at 9PM and 10PM. Tuesday night was the only bright spot of the week with a second place rating at 9PM and a first place rating during the 10PM hour.
FOX found themselves in second place at 8PM and 10PM. They were consistently in first place at 9PM. During the 10PM hour, they came in first two times (Thursday and Friday nights).
For the second week in a row, MSNBC did not win any timeslots in the demo during primetime. They were consistently third at 8PM. At 9PM on most nights, they had the second highest demo rating (except for Tuesday night when they slipped to third). 10PM found MSNBC in fourth all five nights.
^ Courtesy Nielsen Media Research; Demographics where noted; Live + Same Day (LS) Fast Track Nationals.
Monday, December 22, 2008
And another update this afternoon:
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Newsday.com recently spoke with D.L. Hugley about his new program on CNN. Here's an excerpt from the article:
CNN has had a new weekend talk show host since October, and he's ... a stand-up comedian? "D.L. Hughley Breaks the News" offers a take on the week's events in politics, entertainment, sports and pop culture. Hughley acknowledges the union may be "an unholy alliance," but sees it this way: "If CNN can have Nancy Grace, they can have me, too."
You and CNN - as if the line separating news and entertainment wasn't already murky enough?
The news has always informed what I talk about. My gig hasn't changed. News has been inundated with entertainment elements since O.J. So to even now pretend that news and entertainment haven't meshed is disingenuous.
You were taken by surprise when former White House rep Scott McClellan came on and endorsed Barack Obama. What else has caught you off guard?
Al Sharpton and I haven't seen eye to eye on a lot of things, and I was shocked at how different he was than I always imagined he would be. I've misjudged his motives. I always thought he was just doing what he does because he wanted attention. The more I talk to him, the more I realize that - however sometimes misguided he can be - he does what he does because he wants to make things better.
The "Original Kings of Comedy" tour and subsequent film were career milestones. How were you influenced by Bernie Mac?
Bernie taught me that the hardest thing for a black man to do was to be an individual. I have to tell myself that often, and whenever I think it, I have to think about him. Comedically, he was uncompromising. Right before he passed, he was at a charity event for Obama and said something that involved color, and people got irritated. That's how he was - an individual.
There's been this exhalation since the elections, at least in New York. Is there a particular pressure not to pounce on Barack Obama?
He'll do things that people find ironic and funny, and when he does, they should attack. For me, those things happen organically. Sooner or later, he'll be a politician - he'll do something that I think is ironic, or very human - and when he does, I'll be there.
Have you met Anderson Cooper yet? He's spread kind of thin, no?
Anderson Cooper is CNN's Ryan Seacrest.
Candy Crowley interviewed the President in the Oval Office this week. What could the President do that would throw Candy off balance? She talked about the interview on No Bias, No Bull with Campbell Brown.
What could bring Christine Romans to tears on Your $$$$$? On Saturday's program Ryan Mack discussed investment options for 2009 and then things got personal. Luckily, Ali Velshi was there to keep the program going.